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Don Perata's Biography

Don Richard Perata (born April 30, 1945) is a California Democratic politician, who was President pro tempore of the California State Senate from 2004 to 2008. He came in second place in the November 2010 ballot for Mayor of Oakland. Perata now runs a political consultancy company

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Don Perata News Stories

  • Capitol Alert: Dan Walters Daily: Keep an eye on LA County supervisor race

      News Source: Sacramento Bee | 1 month ago
    June 17, 2014 A rare open seat on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors provides a high-stakes race in this low-key election year, Dan says...Senate Health Committee chairman, Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, listens to Senate Pro tem,
  • Rebecca Kaplan announces second run for mayor of Oakland

      News Source: KTUV | 1 month ago
    City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan announced Thursday that she is making a second attempt to become Oakland's mayor. Reversing her previous pledge that she wouldn't run against Mayor Jean Quan in the November election, Kaplan, 43, who's been on the
  • Yee's bills in limbo after fall from grace

      News Source: KTUV | 4 months ago
    State Senator Leland Yee's sudden fall from grace puts his work in the legislature in limbo. Yee had 22 bills in the pipeline and they include one that is controversial: gun control. SB 47 would ban the sales of rifles with what's called a "bullet

Don Perata Blogs

  • Gun-rights backers decry Leland Yee's hypocrisy - Political ...

      Blog Source: | 4 months ago
    Dianne Feinstein and former state Senate President Don Perata for having concealed-carry permits. Perata let his permit lapse before publicly giving up his handgun in 2008, though he said he still kept a shotgun at home for self-defense.
  • How to Become a Vanguard: Learning from Socialist ...

      Blog Source: | 4 months ago
    In 2010, Jean Quan lost the money race to Don Perata but beat him in votes thanks to the process of elimination mechanism that gives voters second and third choices; she won by being the second choice of the majority instead of the first ...
  • GUN WATCH: CA-From 2008:Oakland's Gun Buyback Misfires

      Blog Source: | 6 months ago
    On Feb. 9, Oakland police, led by state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, offered to buy handguns and assault weapons for $250 each, “no questions asked, no ID required.” The “One Less Gun” buyback program attracted so many eager sellers ...

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